New blog post up today! (Link in the bio) “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9
If we are loyal to God, he gets involved on our behalf: he acts, directs other people’s hearts, lets us find favour and mercy before those in authority and turns around political and historical decisions.
When facing challenges in life, be it those that are particularly difficult or be it experiences we all encounter at some point in our life, who do we rely on to get us through safely and successfully?
Life can be scary, and so can the world we are living in. We may not be looking for challenges or conflicts, but what if they come looking for us? Then we must deal with them, whether we want or not.
In this passage about Asa, king of Judah, a prophet puts before him two alternative ways of dealing with a hostile army approaching. Previously, when the mighty Ethiopian army had attacked Judah, Asa had trusted the LORD to be on his side and was victorious. Now, Asa tried to keep Judah save from the northern kingdom of Israel by bribing the Syrian king into attacking Israel. This was not only a betrayal against his fellow Israelites, but also a reliance on worldly wisdom: scheming and manipulating.
God does not want us to rely on our own wisdom or human understanding of handling situations. Blending in, in order to be accepted. Pleasing people. Flattering, pretending, manipulating, coercing, taking advantage of others’ weaknesses for our gain.
When confronted with tough situations, we need to turn to God to either lead us out or lead us through. If we are loyal to him, patiently wait for his intervention, and do not take matters into our own hands, he will intervene on our behalf, shift things, move or remove people, turn situations around, protect us and promote us. There is nothing that can stand in his way.
Isn't it intriguing that God is looking to and fro throughout the whole earth to find someone loyal? Are we so disloyal that He needs to search?
He wants to show himself strong on our behalf, all he requires is a heart that longs for his help.